Flatiron Building in New York (USA) - called "iron", the first skyscraper in the world
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23rd Street & 5th Avenue, Broadway, New York, USA
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Specified the first skyscraper in the world.
Flatiron is built on a triangular plot, it has 21 floors. Offices at the narrow end of the building are just over six feet wide.
The façade of the building is made of stones and terracotta tiles, which simulates the rural effect. You can also find the architectural elements of the French and Italian Renaissance.
When it was created the highest building in the world.
A sharp increase in the number of residents in the high-rise buildings. In the beginning years, there were so high-rise buildings in New York that because they have more space, they are less important. Architects went to building stepped buildings.
The name Flatiron comes from the building, it resembles an enormous triangular iron for coal.
This construction was based on a steel skeleton, the work lasted very quickly. One floor was created in just one week.
A few years after the construction of Flatiron. Access to this floor is only one elevator. There was also a reconstruction, which was only a small bathroom.
After the construction, Flatiron was called The Fuller Building, in honor of the architect George A. Fuller, who was called the "father of skyscrapers." In 1901, he was sold to Harry S. Black, CEO of Fuller Company for $ 2 million. The building served as the office of The Fuller Company until 1929.
The original elevators in this building were extremely slow. The trip to the 20th floor could take up to 10 minutes.